The fighters are not allowed UN representatives to its prisons: human rights activists say about the likelihood of torture

The UN says that we have reason to believe that prisoners in the occupied Donbas are subjected to torture and ill-treatment. This is stated in the nineteenth report of the office of the UN high Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) on the situation of human rights in Ukraine in the period from 16 may to 15 August 2017.

Human rights activists have stressed that they do not have access to places of detention on the territory controlled by armed groups, and therefore can not fully assess the conditions of detention.

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The UN told about documented cases of abuse by militants.

“July 13, 2017 a woman with impaired hearing, who publicly criticized the “Luhansk people’s Republic” in social networks, was detained at a checkpoint by armed groups on the route crossing the line of contact in the Village, Luhansk. For 16 days, “the Ministry of public security” “Luhansk people’s Republic” held her in detention without communication with the outside world. During the entire time of detention, “the Ministry of public security”, responding to the requests of the members of her family, denied the fact of her detention. Woman four times, interrogated without a lawyer present. During one of the interviews she dislocated a finger with the use of pliers. She also threatened to take to the basement of the detainees are male, where she will hold a “fun night”, – the report says.

On 29 July she was taken to the same checkpoint and ordered to go on the side, controlled by Ukraine. The investigation into this case was initiated by the National police in the Luhansk region, said human rights activists.

Report on the situation of human rights in Ukraine, 16 may – 15 August 2017 from tsnua

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